First off as a Chelsea fan there was nothing more satisfying than seeing Lampard prove all his doubters (including many Chelsea fans) wrong today. As Chelsea ran out 5-1 winners at the Reebok stadium in a dominating display with Lampard controlling the midfield and picking up a hat trick along the way too. Far too many people have written him off after an injury hit last season. People forget he scored 13 times last season, prior to that he had scored over 20 goals in each of his previous 5 seasons. Past it? Not a chance. He’s the first name on the teamsheet in my book.
Chelsea’s new creative style of play has already drawn plaudits, however with that has brought defensive fragility. Bosingwa managed to struggle in every defensive scenario once again, with manager AVB withdrawing him on 50 minutes for the undoubtedly more talented Ivanovic. Ivanovic needs to play to help correct the Blues’ inability to deal with set pieces too, as Boyata exploited Chelsea’s achilles heel to score a consolation for Bolton.
David Luiz, Juan Mata & Daniel Sturridge also reaffirmed how Chelsea are moving forward in terms of reducing the squad age. Daniel Sturridge netted two today and showed humility by not celebrating against his former club whilst David Luiz and Juan Mata terrorised the Bolton defence every time they had the ball at their feet. All three players are in their early 20’s and showed the future is bright for the blues, and with Josh Mceachran & Romelu Lukaku waiting in the wings its about as strong as Chelsea’s youth has been since I’ve followed the Blues.
Bolton looked woeful today, despite the fact they could’ve/should’ve actually scored three goals. Petrov simply can’t defend, reserve goalkeeper Bogdan looked short of League One class and will never be up to Premier League standard. Althoguh they’ve had an exceptionally difficult run of fixtures, without a goalscorer it could be interesting to see where they stand come the end of the season.